Amid Youth Shootings Miami-Dade Police Present New Tool To Fight Crime

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — In a week that’s seen several shootings that have injured a number of minors in Miami-Dade, police announce a new tool that will help them fight crime.

Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez spoke about the ShotSpotter technology being installed in three high-incident crime areas in Miami-Dade.

The technology is an acoustic device that picks up a sound, specifically gunshots, to assist law enforcement officers in determining where the weapon may have been deployed.

Related: Man, Teen Accused In Shooting Of 13-Year-Old To Remain In Custody

Officials said the new technology will expedite response times to incidents, assist in arrests, and improve the collection of forensic gunshot evidence.

“We’re talking about shots going off, about people dying. There’s kids hitting the ground. So that’s all I have to say. There’s nothing more we need to talk about right there. We had six kids shot at a party the other day. You had another shot yesterday, a 13-year-old not too far down the street we had an 18-year-old in the city of Miami jurisdiction,” said Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez.

The technology which costs $5 million is expected to be installed by the end of the year.

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